THE LONGEVITY OF RICHARD-DAWN TEAM-UP

Dawn Zulueta’s latest appearance on television is as the mother of Anne Curtis, the lead role in Dyesebel. Richard Gomez has been doing the rounds of TV guestings, one of which featured him with Sharon Cuneta on TV5, discussing their past partnering as well as romantic dalliance. There was also a recent primetime series from ABS-CBN titled Walang Hanggan with both Richard and Dawn in the cast. Richard had returned to ABS-CBN after 10 years since his last teleserye Your Honor, a first Pinoy courtroom drama in 2001. Both Dawn and Richard have kept the presence felt by the public who doesn’t seem to mind watching them in adult married roles. Both are also married — Dawn to Davao del Norte Rep. Anton Lagdameo Jr. and Richard to Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez. We wondered what was the role of the love drama Hihintayin Kita sa Langit in their lives today, the film that made the public take notice of their immense screen presence together. In other words, bagay na bagay sila as lovers. At a then press conference for Walang Hanggan, Dawn confessed they could have ended up together had Goma (Richard’s nickname) stayed faithful. Dawn had been quoted to saying, “We had the potential. But unfaithfulness takes a toll on the girl in any relationship. She doesn’t know where she stands. It’s possible that the guy loves her but can’t help himself. He probably doesn’t have emotional attachments to the girls he dates on the side. Still, that’s hard to accept. That was how I felt… It takes a certain kind of a woman, like Lucy… she has so much confidence to allow her husband to work with an ex. He’s so lucky,” Dawn said. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Thy Womb’ cops audience award at Sanfo film fest

Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” reportedly won the audience favorite film award at the New Filipino Cinema festival in San Francisco, California. The internationally-acclaimed opus starring multi-awarded actress Nora Aunor had its official US premiere along with several other Filipino films on the third year of the annual gala which ran from June 11 to 15 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Last year’s Cinemalaya entries “Debosyon,” “Sana Dati,” “Ekstra” and “Transit” led New Filipino Cinema’s “strongest line-up yet” (as described on its website), which also included the British-Filipino produced “Metro Manila”; international film festival entrant “Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita”; and the restored version of Peque Gallaga’s “Oro, Plata, Mata,” among others. “I’ve been trying to get the film for a year and half and bugging the director Brillante Mendoza over and over. I finally met with him with the help of one of his actresses. I had a meeting with him and told him how much people were dying in San Francisco to see this film,” curator Philbert Ortiz Dy said on “Thy Womb” as quoted in an ABS-CBN report by Rommel Conclara of “Balitang America.” Closing night’s screening of “Thy Womb” last week was reportedly sold out, with additional screenings available in San Francisco from June 26 to 29. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Vilma Santos wins top acting plum at Dhaka Int’l Film Fest

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos bagged the Best Actress award at the 13th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) held in Bangladesh over the weekend. She won for her lead role in the indie film “Ekstra.” The Festival is said to be the most prestigious film event in Bangladesh, which is dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cine culture in the country. The Bangladesh-based newspaper Dhaka Tribune described Santos’ acting as “fabulous” in an online piece published on Jan. 19. The actress-turned-politician’s son, actor-host Luis Manzano, greeted her mother for clinching the honor. “Congratulations, mom… I’m proud of you,” Manzano said on “ASAP 19.” Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra” is a socio-realist drama-comedy film that follows the life of bit player Loida Malabanan (played by Santos). It was an entry to the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2013 and was also shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. At DIFF, Iran, with four entries, dominated the proceedings by nabbing six trophies including Best Actor (Levon Hafevan for “Parviz”), Best Director (Parviz Shahbazi for “Trapped”), Badal Rahman award for the Best Children Film (“The Rooster Trademark Paper”), and Audience award (“Plastic”), among others. READ MORE...

(ALSO) Grandmothers with grudges: Annabelle Rama berates Sarah Lahbati’s mom

After venting out on social media her frustrations over Gutierrez family, Esther Lahbati was told by Annabelle Rama to shut up. “Tigilan mo na ’yang arte-arte mo, Esther. Ako ay naiinis na sa ‘yo,” the feisty Rama said in an article published at Philippine Entertainment Portal on Monday.
(Stop acting that way, Esther. You are annoying me.) “Don’t threaten me, I’m not scared of you,” she said in Filipino. Both are grandmothers of Zion, the son of actors Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati. Esther decried the supposed foul treatment she got during the posh birthday and christening party of Zion recently. “Sobra ka na, wala naman kasalanan pamilya namin, tinitira mo kami,” Rama said. (You have gone overboard, our family is not doing anything wrong, yet you’re attacking us.) “Masyado ka maarte, ‘Day, wala ka nga ma-appreciate. Wala ka nga donation dun sa party ni Zion,” she also said. (You’re so sensitive. You can’t appreciate. You did not even donate anything for Zion’s party.) The talent manager and mother of Gutierrez accused Esther of being “publicity hungry.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Esther Lahbati posts Zion's photos amid rift with Annabelle

“Moments of truth,” this is how Esther Lahbati, Sarah Lahbati's mom, described the photos she posted on her Instagram account. On Friday, Esther posted photos of Baby Zion, Sarah's son with Richard Gutierrez, when they were still “hiding” from the public. Earlier this month, Richard finally admitted that he has a son with girlfriend Sarah. Related: Richard Gutierrez admits having baby with Sarah Lahbati Many believe that these posts of Esther is a response to tweets of Annabelle Rama, Richard's mom, on Wednesday, saying that “kung ako pa sa iyo, laruin mo na lang si Zion para mawala ang negative vibes sa katawan mo...” In one of Esther's posts she said, “Ito yong yong moments of truth na ang hirap ko kung pano ko sya itinago sa tao.hinihintay ko ang oras na walang tao sa daan sa Geneva.para lang mailabas si Zion.” On her next post she said, “Zionesther! lahat ng hirap kami.tapos ngayon ang claim ng Lola sila ang nag alaga.Wow!maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw ang mga pictures na to.” This was followed by another post where she described her self, baby Zion, and her husband Abdel Lahbati as “TNT” or “Tago Nang Tago.” In her next post, Esther pointed out that “it's not about all the material things,” which some think is referring to the grand baptismal and birthday party of baby Zion. “I was there too in LA.it's not about all the material things.iniwan din nila sa akin si Zion. Nagkasakit ako ng October. Bumalik ako ng Switzerland for my check up. Then bumalik ako ng LA Jan.07,14 para madala ko na sa (Philippines) si Zion dahil hindi nila kaya ilabas si Zion,” she said in the caption. “From Switzerland to LA.kami lang lagi mag Lola sa hirap. Pero ano 'to nangyayari na 'to!!!!!!!!!” she said in another post. READ MORE...

ALSO: 'Move on,' says Annabelle amid 'snub' lament from Sarah's mom

“Move on, forget the past.” Thus said Annabelle Rama on Twitter account on Tuesday, June 17 amid reports that Sarah Lahbati's mother complained about how she was treated during the party of baby Zion. Zion is the first-born child of Annabelle's son Richard Gutierrez with girlfriend Sarah Lahbati. On Monday, Esther took to social media to claim she was snubbed during the Christening and first birthday party of her grandson Zion. READ: Sarah Lahbati's mom laments 'snub' during Zion's party Part of her message on Instagram goes: “Naaawa ako sa sarili ko.the whole party hindi ako pinansin tapos para ako patay gutom na aalukin ng tira pagkain.” On Wednesday, June 18, Annabelle took to Twitter to post a series of messages for her more than 400,000 followers. “Ayaw kong pumatol sa mga taong kinakawawa ang sarili nila. (Basta) ako, I won't allow myself to be kawawa, move on, forget the past...” the Gutierrez matriarch said. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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The longevity of Richard-Dawn team-up

MANILA, JUNE 30, 2014 (PHILSTAR) LIVE FEED By Bibsy M. Carballo


Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta in their last onscreen team-up Walang Hanggan

Dawn Zulueta’s latest appearance on television is as the mother of Anne Curtis, the lead role in Dyesebel. Richard Gomez has been doing the rounds of TV guestings, one of which featured him with Sharon Cuneta on TV5, discussing their past partnering as well as romantic dalliance.

There was also a recent primetime series from ABS-CBN titled Walang Hanggan with both Richard and Dawn in the cast. Richard had returned to ABS-CBN after 10 years since his last teleserye Your Honor, a first Pinoy courtroom drama in 2001. Both Dawn and Richard have kept the presence felt by the public who doesn’t seem to mind watching them in adult married roles. Both are also married — Dawn to Davao del Norte Rep. Anton Lagdameo Jr. and Richard to Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez.

We wondered what was the role of the love drama Hihintayin Kita sa Langit in their lives today, the film that made the public take notice of their immense screen presence together. In other words, bagay na bagay sila as lovers.

At a then press conference for Walang Hanggan, Dawn confessed they could have ended up together had Goma (Richard’s nickname) stayed faithful. Dawn had been quoted to saying, “We had the potential. But unfaithfulness takes a toll on the girl in any relationship. She doesn’t know where she stands. It’s possible that the guy loves her but can’t help himself. He probably doesn’t have emotional attachments to the girls he dates on the side. Still, that’s hard to accept. That was how I felt… It takes a certain kind of a woman, like Lucy… she has so much confidence to allow her husband to work with an ex. He’s so lucky,” Dawn said.

It is, nevertheless, difficult to ignore the fact that although both Goma and Dawn are in their 40s, the public always seems to move back the hands of time to return to Hihintayin Kita sa Langit, a romance-drama film released in 1991, produced by Armida Siguion-Reyna for Reyna Films and directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna. Hihintayin is a Philippine adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic novel, Wuthering Heights, where the moors are transposed to the romantic beaches and ocean cliffs of Batanes. The ill-fated lovers are passionately played by Richard and Dawn, who, at the time of the movie’s release, were also involved in a real-life relationship.

Richard is Gabriel, who got picked off the streets at age 12 to become an adopted son of a rich clan. When Gabriel and Carmina (Dawn) grow up, the passion of their great love ends in tragedy. Hihintayin Kita won the FAMAS Best Film of 1992, and was viewed in the Vancouver International Film Festival. Moreover, the strong on-screen chemistry of Dawn and Richard was noted by critics. The effect of this on-screen/off-screen love affair sensationalized in the local press catapulted the actors into favorite stars for the season, and the island of Batanes into the best discovered romantic setting of the year.

The Manunuri noted that after a severe drought of quality films in Philippine movies, Hihintayin Kita sa Langit was well worth the wait. The script by Raquel Villavicencio, supported by acting of Dawn, Richard, Michael de Mesa, Jose Mari Avellana, Jackie Lou Blanco and Eric Quizon, plus the breathtaking cinematography of Romy Vitug, and the superb direction of Siguion-Reyna were certainly among the best in a long time.

There is no doubt of the role Hihintayin played in the longevity of Richard and Dawn as actors. There is no doubt either of the film’s role in popularizing Batanes as a destination which many others decry. But time goes by whether we like it or not. Richard and Dawn are no longer lovers and have their own lives to live. Batanes is no longer the hidden island with its pristine beauty.

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

‘Thy Womb’ cops audience award at Sanfo film fest by Pau Aguilera
June 25, 2014


A scene from ‘Thy Womb’

Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” reportedly won the audience favorite film award at the New Filipino Cinema festival in San Francisco, California.

The internationally-acclaimed opus starring multi-awarded actress Nora Aunor had its official US premiere along with several other Filipino films on the third year of the annual gala which ran from June 11 to 15 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Last year’s Cinemalaya entries “Debosyon,” “Sana Dati,” “Ekstra” and “Transit” led New Filipino Cinema’s “strongest line-up yet” (as described on its website), which also included the British-Filipino produced “Metro Manila”; international film festival entrant “Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita”; and the restored version of Peque Gallaga’s “Oro, Plata, Mata,” among others.

“I’ve been trying to get the film for a year and half and bugging the director Brillante Mendoza over and over. I finally met with him with the help of one of his actresses. I had a meeting with him and told him how much people were dying in San Francisco to see this film,” curator Philbert Ortiz Dy said on “Thy Womb” as quoted in an ABS-CBN report by Rommel Conclara of “Balitang America.”

Closing night’s screening of “Thy Womb” last week was reportedly sold out, with additional screenings available in San Francisco from June 26 to 29.

Vilma Santos wins top acting plum at Dhaka Int’l Film Fest by Marjorie S. Duran January 20, 2014


Vilma Santos in a scene from ‘Ekstra’

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos bagged the Best Actress award at the 13th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) held in Bangladesh over the weekend. She won for her lead role in the indie film “Ekstra.”

The Festival is said to be the most prestigious film event in Bangladesh, which is dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cine culture in the country.

The Bangladesh-based newspaper Dhaka Tribune described Santos’ acting as “fabulous” in an online piece published on Jan. 19.

The actress-turned-politician’s son, actor-host Luis Manzano, greeted her mother for clinching the honor.

“Congratulations, mom… I’m proud of you,” Manzano said on “ASAP 19.”

Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra” is a socio-realist drama-comedy film that follows the life of bit player Loida Malabanan (played by Santos). It was an entry to the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2013 and was also shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

At DIFF, Iran, with four entries, dominated the proceedings by nabbing six trophies including Best Actor (Levon Hafevan for “Parviz”), Best Director (Parviz Shahbazi for “Trapped”), Badal Rahman award for the Best Children Film (“The Rooster Trademark Paper”), and Audience award (“Plastic”), among others.

No Bangladeshi film won at this year’s DIFF and neither was there a Best Film from among the 22 entries.

The Dhaka Tribune reported that the juries of the competition “explained that no film from the competition stood out as Best Film this year.”

The 13th DIFF was held in Dhaka from Jan. 10 to 18 , with the theme “Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society.”

Here is the list of other winners at the 13th Dhaka International Film Festival:

Best Screenplay: “Miss Zombie” (Japan)

Special Mention: “Siri Perakum” (Sri Lanka); “Chokhaunee” (Nepal)

Best Cinematography: “Satellite Boy” (Australia)

Best Fiction Award, spiritual section: “Adomya” (India)

Special Mention, spiritual section: “Between Two Worlds” (Sweden)

Best Fiction, women filmmakers section: “Eat Sleep Die” (Sweden)

Best Documentary, women filmmakers section: “Women behind the Wheel” (Afghanistan)

Best Fiction Award, short and Independent section: “Patika” (Turkey)

Best Documentary, short and Independent section: “The Koren Dream” (South Korea)

FROM THE INQUIRER

Grandmothers with grudges: Annabelle Rama berates Sarah Lahbati’s mom

INQUIRER.net
June 25, 2014 | 1:55 pm


Annabelle Rama-Gutierrez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–After venting out on social media her frustrations over Gutierrez family, Esther Lahbati was told by Annabelle Rama to shut up.

“Tigilan mo na ’yang arte-arte mo, Esther. Ako ay naiinis na sa ‘yo,” the feisty Rama said in an article published at Philippine Entertainment Portal on Monday.

(Stop acting that way, Esther. You are annoying me.)

“Don’t threaten me, I’m not scared of you,” she said in Filipino. Both are grandmothers of Zion, the son of actors Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati.

Esther decried the supposed foul treatment she got during the posh birthday and christening party of Zion recently.

“Sobra ka na, wala naman kasalanan pamilya namin, tinitira mo kami,” Rama said.

(You have gone overboard, our family is not doing anything wrong, yet you’re attacking us.)


Esther Lahbati with grandson Zion

“Masyado ka maarte, ‘Day, wala ka nga ma-appreciate. Wala ka nga donation dun sa party ni Zion,” she also said.

(You’re so sensitive. You can’t appreciate. You did not even donate anything for Zion’s party.)

The talent manager and mother of Gutierrez accused Esther of being “publicity hungry.”

“Ang gusto niya mangyari, hilahin siya ni Sarah sa table niya, iikutin niya lahat mga ninong-ninang, magpapa-picture siya,” Rama said.

(What she wanted to happen was, Sarah will take her around the guests and she will take a picture with them.)

Esther lamented that she felt left out during the party and felt more insulted when she was supposedly asked to take home leftover food.

“Yung pag-alok ko ng pagkain sa kanya, hindi naman masama yun. Kasi, number one, kung ginagawa yun…lahat ng party, ‘pag pumupunta ako, lagi akong may baong tupperware,” she further explained.

(I don’t see anything wrong when I asked her if she wanted food. Number one, I do that. Whenever I attend parties, I bring a Tupperware.)

She said she offered the visitors if they would like to take out the food. She then eventually offered Esther.

“Nakasalubong ko ngayon si Esther, sabi ko, ‘Esther, maraming natirang pagkain na ano sa catering, gusto mo mag-takeout? Masarap yung ano, chicken, ganyan-ganyan. Hindi siya kumibo. Hindi ko alam na masama na pala ang loob niya,” she said.

(I bumped into Esther, I told her, ‘Esther, there are so many leftovers from the catering, do you wanna take out? The chicken is good. She didn’t say anything. I didn’t know she felt bad,” she said.

She said she had no idea that Esther felt bad because after the party she joined them in the Gutierrezes’ house with the rest of the family and even watched their reality show It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez with them.

“So I was shocked that after the party she was in the headlines instead of our grandson. Maybe she is publicity hungry,” Rama said.

She said if Esther will not stop venting out her frustrations to social media, she will say in public what she said to her in a text message.

“Mag-post ka nang mag-post, ‘pag hindi ako makatiis, ‘yung tini-text ko sa ‘yo kahapon, ilalabas ko sa Twitter yun,” Rama said.

(Just keep on posting. If I could no longer stand it, I will post on Twitter the things I texted you yesterday.)

Rama revealed that up to now, Esther is blaming her daughter why she got pregnant with Gutierrez.

“Hanggang ngayon, lagi niyang sinasabi sa anak niya, ‘Bakit ka nabuntis?’ Ako’y naawa kay Sarah. Super-awa ako kay Sarah. Umiyak sa akin sa telepono, tumatawag sa akin alas-onse ng gabi, nagsusumbong sa akin,” Rama said

(Up to now she tells her daughter: Why did you get pregnant? I feel sorry for Sarah. She cries to me over the phone, she calls me at 11 p.m. to confide with me.)

Esther Lahbati posts Zion's photos amid rift with Annabelle By Eunice Blanco (philstar.com) | Updated June 20, 2014 - 4:13pm

Esther Lahbati posts a series of photos with Baby Zion before he was introduced to the public.-Photos from Esther Lahbati's Instagram account

MANILA, Philippines- “Moments of truth,” this is how Esther Lahbati, Sarah Lahbati's mom, described the photos she posted on her Instagram account.

On Friday, Esther posted photos of Baby Zion, Sarah's son with Richard Gutierrez, when they were still “hiding” from the public.

Earlier this month, Richard finally admitted that he has a son with girlfriend Sarah.

Related: Richard Gutierrez admits having baby with Sarah Lahbati

Many believe that these posts of Esther is a response to tweets of Annabelle Rama, Richard's mom, on Wednesday, saying that “kung ako pa sa iyo, laruin mo na lang si Zion para mawala ang negative vibes sa katawan mo...”

In one of Esther's posts she said, “Ito yong yong moments of truth na ang hirap ko kung pano ko sya itinago sa tao.hinihintay ko ang oras na walang tao sa daan sa Geneva.para lang mailabas si Zion.”

On her next post she said, “Zionesther! lahat ng hirap kami.tapos ngayon ang claim ng Lola sila ang nag alaga.Wow!maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw ang mga pictures na to.”

This was followed by another post where she described her self, baby Zion, and her husband Abdel Lahbati as “TNT” or “Tago Nang Tago.”

In her next post, Esther pointed out that “it's not about all the material things,” which some think is referring to the grand baptismal and birthday party of baby Zion.

“I was there too in LA.it's not about all the material things.iniwan din nila sa akin si Zion. Nagkasakit ako ng October. Bumalik ako ng Switzerland for my check up. Then bumalik ako ng LA Jan.07,14 para madala ko na sa (Philippines) si Zion dahil hindi nila kaya ilabas si Zion,” she said in the caption.

“From Switzerland to LA.kami lang lagi mag Lola sa hirap. Pero ano 'to nangyayari na 'to!!!!!!!!!” she said in another post.

She also reminisced on one moment with Baby Zion where “In LA inside the bus.Sarap ng pakiramdam na bilang simpleng tao nakakagala ka at riding in a bus. Alam mo 'yon na wala kang pinangingilagan.”

Meanwhile, Esther's followers have mixed views on the issue. Some advised her not to mind the issue and just focused her grandson. Others say she should fight for her right as Zion's grandmother.

'Move on,' says Annabelle amid 'snub' lament from Sarah's mom By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated June 18, 2014 - 4:35pm


Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez (File photo)

MANILA, Philippines - “Move on, forget the past.”

Thus said Annabelle Rama on Twitter account on Tuesday, June 17 amid reports that Sarah Lahbati's mother complained about how she was treated during the party of baby Zion.

Zion is the first-born child of Annabelle's son Richard Gutierrez with girlfriend Sarah Lahbati.

On Monday, Esther took to social media to claim she was snubbed during the Christening and first birthday party of her grandson Zion.

READ: Sarah Lahbati's mom laments 'snub' during Zion's party

Part of her message on Instagram goes: “Naaawa ako sa sarili ko.the whole party hindi ako pinansin tapos para ako patay gutom na aalukin ng tira pagkain.”

On Wednesday, June 18, Annabelle took to Twitter to post a series of messages for her more than 400,000 followers.

“Ayaw kong pumatol sa mga taong kinakawawa ang sarili nila. (Basta) ako, I won't allow myself to be kawawa, move on, forget the past...” the Gutierrez matriarch said.


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